Iconic bear-themed orchestra returns to Village Park in Kannapolis

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — A local Christmas classic has found a new, long-term home.

The Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra can now be seen at Village Park in Kannapolis. The bears are part of the city’s annual Celebration of Lights attraction for the second year.

You can see the 18 animatronic bear orchestra perform for free from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the park’s multi-purpose room.

The new location comes after the bears were not invited back to perform in Founders Hall in Uptown last year, and they did not perform in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic. The orchestra was an Uptown staple for more than 20 years.

For more information on the Celebration of Lights and the Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra, click here.

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